Tidal barrier in Hull

Concerned about flooding? Then have your say

People living and working around the Humber are being invited to complete a public survey to help organisations working on a new tidal flood risk strategy understand local views and priorities.

Hull City Council is working in partnership with 11 other local authorities around the Humber, the Environment Agency and the Humber Local Enterprise partnership, to come up with a new approach to managing tidal flood risk around the estuary and on the tidal rivers upstream.

The partnership wants to understand how people in the area feel about tidal flooding and how it can best be managed, and is also keen to understand what people value in their local area and would like to see protected or taken into account as part of the new strategy.

Humber strategy manager, Philip Winn said: “Tidal flooding can have an effect on businesses, agriculture, communities and the local environment, as we saw in December 2013, when 1,100 properties were flooded and there was huge damage around the estuary. It’s one of the biggest risks faced by people living on the very flat and vulnerable land around the Humber, so we want to involve as many people as possible in shaping the new strategy so that it truly provides a solution for all. This public survey is the first stage in gathering input from others, and there will be more opportunities to comment as we develop our plans.”

Councillor Mike Thompson, portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, communities and environment at Hull City Council, said: “Hull has made an incredible amount of progress in terms of building a flood resilient city, but there is always more that can be done. This is why we want to hear your views.

“Hull has the second highest number of properties at flood risk in the UK outside of London, with 98 per cent of the city defined as at ‘high risk’ of flooding. This risk will only increase with climate change and sea level rise, and your input into how we shape our future plans is crucial.”

You can fill out the survey here. More information about the Humber 2100+ partnership and the new Humber Strategy can be found here.